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The ten questions (read the article for more details about the questions):Neurology Now said:... What are the benefits for trial enrollees? Participants receive cutting-edge treatments, typically at no or reduced cost. “It gives them options beyond the regular standard of care,” says Joanne Lord, L.P.N., a certified clinical research coordinator at the University of Michigan.
But participating in clinical trials is not without risks, and there are a few questions every patient should ask before signing on. All prospective participants for a trial should receive an informed consent document. Read it carefully, as it spells out the details of the study in simple language.
- What is the end point of the trial?
- Who is running the trial, and what are their credentials?
- What are the risks and possible side effects of the experimental therapy?
- How long will I be participating, and can I stop if I change my mind?
- What are the chances I will receive the active treatment rather than a placebo or alternate treatment?
- What is required of me?
- Is there any cost to me?
- What happens if I encounter a problem during the study?
- How will my participation affect my current treatment?
- How will my medical data be handled?
Put to the Test (.PDF file)